What is a 750GB HDD to 128SSD:$109 Page 1 / 2

apollo77, Feb 16, 8:30am
Laptop is a 750GB HDD - Is this a Sata drive or ?
What is the difference 750GB HDD and a SSD Drive ?
Why would you upgrade to 128SSD: for $109 ?
Auction - 845320860

intrade, Feb 16, 8:34am
ssd is solide state disc this means its solide nothing rotates .
as in older drives they got a disc rotating where the data is stored on the disc . first computer had magnetic tape the same as music casset tape .
Solid starte is much faster read and write then any older disk
the rest is the storage 750 gigabit of data as the one you post has only 128 gigabite storage

r.g.nixon, Feb 16, 8:34am
750GB will be a HDD.
The difference: SSD is blindingly faster, quieter, cooler.
You would upgrade for the above differences, as long as you didn't require storage for lots of very large files (videos for example).

mr_lovebug, Feb 16, 8:36am
Easy, SSD is faster and solid state drive. NO moving parts and users less power, no brain needed for that choice.

I am looking at changing my laptop to a SSD drive cos it will be better for battery life.

Also mSATA is same again but surface mounting NO cables.

mazdasix, Feb 16, 8:38am
I've looked at HDD vs SSD power consumption reviews and the difference seems to be negligible

apollo77, Feb 16, 8:38am
Thought all laptops changed a few years ago to Sata drives ? Does the auction say that its got an old school 750gig spinning hard drive ?

intrade, Feb 16, 8:39am
the sata drive is the plug connection there will be the same on ssd older harddrive are ide plugs . they no longer make ide drives. So i had to engeneer a bit on my laptop because the hardrive was dead i have had a ssd but ssd have not got ide conector plugs so i used a ide sata converter and hacksawed the housing apart so i could fit it in my old laptop. panasonic tuffbook make

So yes all drives are no sata as ide was discontineud and is almost non available now unless secoundhand

suicidemonkey, Feb 16, 8:40am
SATA is just the connection type. Both mechanical hard drives and SSDs can use SATA.

Also most laptops still using mechanical hard drives. Only higher end machines use SSDs

intrade, Feb 16, 8:42am
correct. ide is the problem now .

intrade, Feb 16, 8:49am
you want a minimum 240 gig ssd i wish the terrabit ssd would be cheaper then i would fit one of these in here . my specs are below| Uptime 4days | | HDD ATA OCZ-AGILITY3, Storage Size 240GB (66%used)

r.g.nixon, Feb 16, 9:54am
128GB is fine if either: you store only a few files, you have an external drive, you store most personal stuff in the cloud (OneDrive or Mega.co.nz).

lostdude, Feb 16, 10:13am
SSD also has the benefit of almost zero risk of failure due to shock

mazdasix, Feb 16, 10:14am
tell that to my sledge hammer :P

lostdude, Feb 16, 9:41pm
Sorry, worded that incorrectly, should have added "accidental" shock lol

kevin16, Feb 16, 10:17pm

intrade, Feb 16, 11:35pm
i have a replacment 60 gigabit one for my first one, it died under warranty corsair force 60 gigabit ssd also you destroy a ssd if you dont turn off defrag

r.g.nixon, Feb 17, 12:32am
Modern OS's know not to defrag SSDs.

r.g.nixon, Feb 17, 12:39am
Intel Toolbox says my 40GB SSD has 97% of its estimated lifespan left. That is after 2.5 years use. So it should last another 32 years - but will I?

vtecintegra, Feb 17, 12:44am
SSD life depends a lot on the quality of the drive - something like an Intel 730 or Samsung 850 Pro will comfortably outlast the rest of the system whereas low end models are hit or miss (brands like OCZ sell some total rubbish)

nice_lady, Feb 17, 1:53am
yes we have four ocz, and one samsung ssd drives. Hubby bought his first ocz around four years ago. One had a failure. The others have been fine

zak410, Feb 17, 5:03am
Anyone here has feedback/experience about those SSHD, like those recently advertised here:


Would they be a great improvement on most desktops or would other components possibly negate their advantages?

vtecintegra, Feb 17, 5:06am
They don't really have enough cache and what they do have is a lot slower than a real ssd.

Personally I think that on a desktop it is worth spending some extra to go for a real ssd + normal hard disk.

clip1, Feb 17, 5:28am
I've got a couple of the SSHD drives in 2 of my desktops - while they are slightly faster than normal HDD, as mentioned above not enough cache to make any substantial increase in speed.

Also have the SSD (120GB) + HDD (2TB) combo in a desktop. OS and programs, and some temp storage on the SSD, and media storage on the HDD. Definitely agree with above - this is the way to go if you want a fast responsive system, with plenty of cheap storage.

Recent article in APC Mag about hybrid drives here.

lostdude, Feb 17, 6:09am
We've deployed quite a few desktops and laptops with SSHDs (about 20 in the last quarter) and there is no consistency with speed. Some "learn" to cache Windows boot files quickly and boot just as quick as an SSD, others take their time. The average restart rate I've counted so far is around 5 reboots for the drives to cache correctly (these are all Windows 7 mind you).

zak410, Feb 17, 8:11pm
Cool, thanks for your informative replies.

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